DUI Task Forces will be in Full Swing over the 4th of July Holiday
Celebrate the July 4th holiday safely and remember to pass the keys if you decide to celebrate with drinks no matter how few. The safety of you, your family and innocent bystanders are at risk if you are behind the wheel after drinking even if you’re slightly “buzzed.”
What do the Police look for to detect drunk drivers?The police will more than likely step up efforts to thwart drinking and driving with extra patrols. A simple miscalculation on your part behind the wheel can lead to being pulled over, and if the officer smells alcohol on your breath even if you have had just a few drinks, this gives them probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.
- Turning with a wide radius
- Straddling the center of the lane marker
- "Appearing to be drunk"
- Almost striking an object
- Driving on other than designated highway
- Speed more than 10mph below the speed limit
- Stopping for no reason in traffic
- Following too closely
- Tires on the lane marker
- Erratic Braking
- Driving into oncoming traffic
- Inconsistent signaling
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Stopping inappropriately
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Accelerating of Decelerating rapidly
- No headlights
Consequences of a DUI convictionArizona DUI law determines if a conviction is either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the level of a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08 BAC, but higher levels are more serious. A BAC of 0.15 is charged as an extreme DUI, and 0.20 BAC is super extreme DUI.
Felony DUI also can be charged in aggravated circumstances. A class 6 felony, the lowest in this class is charged if the impaired driver had a person younger than 15 in the vehicle. Other more serious charges are levied if the driver had a suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license or if the driver was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on the vehicle. Other circumstances are if the driver had a record of other DUI convictions or while intoxicated injured or killed someone or fled the scene of a crash.
Remember, Arizona is a zero-tolerance state meaning that police can arrest you if you’re only “slightly impaired.”
You may be charged with DUI under the following conditions.
- The government can prove that your Blood Alcohol Concentration was .08% or more within two hours of driving.
- The government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving a vehicle or in actual physical control of a vehicle and were impaired to the slightest degree, you can be charged. Impaired to the slightest degree in the simplest terms means that you were kind of buzzed.
- Indications of impaired to the slightest degree can include bloodshot, watery eyes, the odor of alcohol on your person, swaying when exiting your vehicle, failing the field sobriety tests and driving slower than the posted speed limit.
What should I do if I’m pulled over for suspicion of a DUI?
- Immediately ask for an Attorney
- Let the police know that you will not answer any other questions without an Attorney present
- Invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Remember that anything you say may be held against you and incriminating evidence can be used against you should your case go to trial.